Cheese Soup

There is nothing more comforting than soup on a chilly night!  You probably have your family favorites, and today I’m sharing a soup recipe that has been enjoyed by our family literally for decades…Cheese Soup.  This soup was well-known at Swenson’s Ice Cream for years in Jackson, Mississippi before the restaurant closed, and somewhere along the line, we got the recipe.  So for my Mississippi readers, this may bring back sweet memories!

Swenson’s served Cheese Soup year-round, but we typically prepare it only in the fall and winter.  It is a rich, creamy comfort food, that is certain!  Serve as meal with oyster crackers or serve in mugs as a pre-dinner soup!

Cheese Soup

3 T. butter

6 green onions, chopped fine

1 rib celery, chopped fine

2 cans chicken broth

1 can cream of chicken

 1/2 t. pepper

few shakes of garlic powder

1 lb. Velveeta cheese

4 oz Medium Cheddar Cheese, shredded

4 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded

2 cups Half and Half

Saute onions and celery in butter until soft.  Add chicken broth and soup, whisking until smooth.

 Add pepper and garlic powder, mix, and simmer very low for 20 minutes, covered.  Add cheeses, and keeping heat very low, add the half and half.  Do not boil.

Cook all over low heat for about 20 minutes.  Serve with oyster crackers, Saltines, or bread for a complete meal or serve in mugs as a pre-dinner soup.

Makes about 2 quarts, serving 6-8 as main meal.


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  1. Love the new blog! The look, etc… I love it that the name of your blog is YOUR name… perfect! That cheese soup looks so yummy! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. i came across this recipe on pinterest and plan to make it this week. i live in jackson and we miss swenson’s so much!!

  3. I’m about to make this right now! I’m originally from MS and almost cried when I went back for a visit with Swensons cheese soup on my mind to find that they had closed!! Over the years, I have tried to duplicate their recipe and have made many batches of great cheese soup – but they were never ‘just right’! So, I’m pumped about trying yours!

  4. William Tickner says:

    Just an FYI for everyone that loves Swenson’s Cheese Soup. The guy who used to make it all the time there now make’s it for Brent’s Drugstore across from Dueling Hall. I eat there all the time and it is there everyday! Hope y’all enjoy.

    • Thank you for the info! We love Brent’s and have been going there forever! It is the BEST! I’ll be sure to try the Cheese Soup next time I’m in town!

  5. Sarah Shive says:

    Love their cheese soup, but I was an even bigger fan of their tomato soup- wish we could track down that recipe too!